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Wild Target (1993)

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Into the solitary life of middle-aged hitman, Victor Meynard, come two people: Antoine, a youth who becomes Victor's apprentice, and Renée, a bold thief Victor's been hired to kill because ... See full summary »

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Marie Trintignant ...
Renée Dandrieux
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Antoine
Patachou ...
Mme. Meynard
Wladimir Yordanoff ...
Casa Bianca
Serge Riaboukine ...
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Charlie Nelson ...
Dremyan
Philippe Girard ...
Tony
Christophe Odent ...
Girard
Daniel Laloux ...
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Philippe Harel ...
Barnabe
Pascal Pistacio ...
Roland Balto
François Toumarkine ...
Butcher
Patrick Zard ...
Le réceptionniste
Thierry Balcon ...
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Into the solitary life of middle-aged hitman, Victor Meynard, come two people: Antoine, a youth who becomes Victor's apprentice, and Renée, a bold thief Victor's been hired to kill because she cheated a mobster. When circumstances prevent Victor from killing her, the gangster sends two more teams to do it (and to dispatch Victor and Antoine). Victor decides to help Renée, and the unlikely trio ends up at his house with his temperamental mother; there, as they hide out, Victor's attraction to Renée grows, she discovers his vocation and fears he's going to kill her, and an ultimate showdown with their hunters is inevitable. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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The two hit-men employ identical methods and are presented as very similar characters, which is why their names are anagrams of each other (Meynard and Dremyan)! See more »

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When Antoine is in the bathtub, there are a lot of bubbles in it. However, when Manu pushes his head down, there are almost no bubbles in the tub. See more »

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Remade as Wild Target (2010) See more »

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A Gem
13 March 2002 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Rochefort plays professional killer Victor Meynard in this beautifully shot French black comedy.

I rented this movie not knowing anything about it and barely reading the cover.

I was immediately drawn into the movie by Victor's deadpan expression and uptight manner and watched his composure melt away into plain irritability at his foiled assassination attempt on the art thief Renee as she is seen shop lifting. It then crumbles to exasperation as more things do not run according to plan as he is so obviously used to.

The Corsican gangsters are threatening enough, and the introduction of Guillaume Depardieu as the "all thumbs" Antoine tops off the chemistry and cast adding to the total chaos inflicted upon Victor's usually well ordered life.

There is a lovely scene too where Victor has afternoon tea with his aged but elegant Mother and it hilariously transpires here that she is an authority on poisons and pistols. A side-effect of this scene is a mysteriously dead Parrot.

It is all underplayed beautifully and the dark humor, characterization and pace contribute to a refreshing alternative to Hollywood.


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